Even though the WOCMES Seville 2018 organisers strongly encourage the submission of closed panels, the open panel option is available to those wishing to organise a panel but not having the compulsory 4 paper presenters or wishing to invite other potential paper presenters.

This space offers the opportunity to advertise open panel proposals or join an existing open panel. If that is your case, please submit your proposal to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The WOCMES Seville 2018 Secretariat will post all the information received in this space so that institutions and/or individuals can contact the panel advertiser.

Proposals

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The Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO) http://www.sesamoitalia.it/sesamo-wocmes-2018/

  • Battling through the Press: Progressive Activism in the Middle East. Convenors: Patrizia Manduchi (Università di Cagliari), Daniela Melfa (Universitàdi Catania).
  • Playing on the Move: Understanding Play, Care and Migration through Inter-Relationality. Convenors: Estella Carpi (University College London and Save the Children UK), Chiara Diana (IREMAM-CNRS, Aix-Marseille Université).
  • Sociological perspectives on international migration in the GCC countries. Convenor: Gennaro Errichiello (Loughborough University, UK).
  • The First World War through Arab Eyes. Convenors:Maria Avino (Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”), Paola Viviani (Università della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”).
  • The Making of the Washington Consensus in the Middle East and North Africa. Negotiating international assets, debts and power (1979-91). Convenor: Massimiliano Trentin (Università di Bologna).
  • Three Coasts, One Language: Trends in Arabic Linguistic Studies in the Islamic West (al-Andalus, Sicily, North Africa). Convenors: Francesco Binaghi (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3), Cristina La Rosa (Università di Catania).

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This proposed panel invites papers addressing representations of the Palestinian question widely defined outside Palestine/Israel. Advocacy for Palestine has had considerable impact on the Palestinian diasporas and their allies across Europe, the Americas, and elsewhere. Whereas BDS received some attention in terms of the movement’s strides and challenges, the impact of the Palestine question on the diasporas’ identity development, organizational and communal life, and overall acculturation is now attracting sociohistorical scholarship. In addition, Palestine has been prominent in mahjar literature for several generations. In the U.S., for example, Arab American identity development was tied to early advocacy for Palestine as a core Arab cause, therefore hastening the need for belonging and political engagement before WWII. The scholarship is beginning to analyze the historical content of literary modules on Palestine in the writings of seminal diaspora poets among them Ameen Rihani, Elia Abu-Madi (Madey), and Mikhail Naimy. Scholars are also anchoring Palestine in deeper Arab national narratives and are beginning to show interest in the lives of early advocates during the Ottoman period when Palestine was part of a vision for Geographic Syria.
This panel aims at creating a conversation about Palestine's representations in primary and formal affiliations, assessments of whether advocacy for Palestine on any level enhances or lessens communal and organizational cohesion in any historical period. We also welcome narratives, prose, and chronicles where Palestine informed discourses, or shaped personal experiences.

Organiser:

Hani J. Bawardi, PhD
Associate Professor of History
Principal Faculty, Arab American Studies
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Deadline for submission: October 30th, 3017


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Panel

Neoliberal and Postmodern Urban Re-Configurations in the Middle East and North Africa

Organisers: Christian Steiner (Katholische Universität Eichstätt) and Steffen Wippel (Philipps-Universität Marburg)

Urban development in the MENA region has been complex and multifaceted in the last decade. Following the Dubai model of urban development, fast-track urban growth has greatly reshaped many cities in Arab Gulf countries despite severe temporary setbacks following the global financial crisis. Investments in cultural, sports, educational and business districts, hyperreal shopping and leisure facilities, huge waterfront developments and iconic mega-projects have aimed at broadening the economic basis for the post-oil era in these countries. Concurrently, they are intended as tools for city branding in a globalized competition of places and as signs to demonstrate progress and modernization to the members of the Gulf societies themselves. In consequence, these urban development projects function as a nucleus to (re-)develop urban and national identity, but also serve to legitimate the existing political system. However, comparatively unrecognized urban development in North Africa and the Levant has been turbulent and dynamic, too, and has been partly influenced by the upheavals of the “Arab Spring”.

What all these developmental paths seem to have in common is not only a postmodern, but also a neoliberal foundation: the privatization of urban functions, the erosion of public spaces, a strict consumption and business orientation and the securitization of urban spaces meet opaque planning processes.

Although the outcomes of these urban policies set a bright, clean and fascinating stage for development, they simultaneously imply typical “side effects”: increasing socio-economic fragmentation, displacement of populations, rising ethnical and cultural segregation, unequal access to urban infrastructure, incidents of political unrest and social counter-movements and increasing surveillance and political suppression.

Against this background, the panel intends to bring together presentations that critically tackle these complex current urban re-configurations and disparate developmental paths and that are based on conceptually well-informed, field-based research from a broad array of disciplines. Besides widely present “global cities”, this also includes less-investigated “secondary cities” that nevertheless undergo much the same experiences.

Authors are asked to submit a title, a short abstract (150 words maximum) and information about their institutional affiliation and contact. Please clearly indicate the research question and the concepts and empirical material your research will be based on. Papers will be accepted in English only.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 15 October 2017.

Depending on the number of accepted papers, we will propose either a single panel (with four participants) or a series of panels with several sessions. We ask all accepted participants to register with the conference organizers (and reconfirm this to the panel organizers) by late November 2017. Please note that all participants must be registered before we can proceed to officially submit the panel including individual abstracts.

Please consult the WOCMES websites http://www.tresculturas.org/wocmes18/ and http://wocmes2018seville.org for further information about the conference and registration procedures.

Proposals should be sent simultaneously to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Panel

Halāl Enterprise in and beyond the Middle East

Halal or shari’a compliant goods (food and beverage, clothing/fashion, cosmetics) and services (hospitality, tourism, insurance, investment and financial services) have become a significant and a distinctive sector of business and economic activity in and beyond the Middle East, encompassing Muslim majority and minority societies alike. In addition to direct and indirect economic contributions (employment, tax receipts, capital growth, domestic and cross border investment) the halāl economy resonates with religious, cultural, societal and in some instances governmental or political significance.

This panel will examine the history, present and future of the halāl economy and the enterprises, products and services that populate it. Papers focusing on single countries, regions or comparative studies examining multiple locales or countries are welcome, as are papers from any single or combined disciplinary perspective. Empirical papers and those with quantitative or field data as well as theoretical papers will be considered. Proposals with linkages to the theme of WOCMES 2018, and the Three Cultures of the Mediterranean are especially welcome.

Authors are asked to submit a paper title, abstract (150 words), their professional or institutional affiliation and contact information. Both academic and non-academic or other professional authors (for example from law, accounting or business) are invited to apply. In cases of co-authored works, only one submission (including the same information for each author) should be made. Papers will be accepted in English only. The deadline for abstract submissions is midnight Tuesday 31 October 2017. You will be informed of the result by Friday 3 November 2017.

If the proposal is accepted you will be required to register with WOCMES by 15 November, although acceptance of the panel by WOCMES is not assured. Please consult the WOCMES websites http://www.tresculturas.org/wocmes18/ and http://wocmes2018seville.org for further information about conference and registration procedures.

We look forward to receiving your proposal which you should send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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The ‘Resistance Axis’ and the Syria Conflict: Losses, Gains and New Trajectories?

Organisers: Robert Mason PhD, Director, Middle East Studies, American University in Cairo (AUC)

Discussant: TBC

The Syria conflict is in its 6th year, and has led to the deaths of more than 250,000 civilians, compromised global norms governing the use of chemical weapons, and contributed to deterioration in the relations between the U.S. and Russia. It has also led to the reconfiguration of the ‘resistance axis’ of Syria, Iran/Quds Force, Hamas and Hezbollah from a historic focus on countering Israel and the U.S. policies in the Middle East to projecting power into a conflict of vital importance to Syria and Iran’s “strategic depth” from its relationship with Hezbollah, and in maintaining or bolstering their influence in the Levant and broader Middle East.

This proposed panel addresses the so-called ‘resistance axis’ during the Syria conflict and the consequences of the conflict on each actor’s legitimacy, security and policies. It recognizes the loss of Hamas from the alliance and assesses such reconfigurations, including Russian intervention in support of the Syrian regime, on longer term prospects for the alliance.    

We welcome papers that deal with any aspect of these actors’ engagement in the conflict, other foreign intervention that may be relevant, and constraints on the Syrian, Iranian government and Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) policies, especially new perspectives and insights on the motivations, deployments and outcomes of the alliance. We also welcome papers that deal with the domestic Syrian situation, from ISIS to the armed opposition and civilian forces aiming to carve out a niche of representation in a wartime environment that has led to successive diplomatic tracks which do not favor their participation.  

  • Paper proposals must include a title and a 300-400 word abstract
  • Proposals should be in English
  • Deadline for submission: 30 November 2017
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Further information is available at http://wocmes2018seville.org/web/index.php/en/

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THE MAGHREB REVIEW P ANEL ON THEME: STATE AND SOCIETY IN THE MAGHREB

The North African region provides a rather unique setting for observing the interaction between State and Society, with one side facing the highly organised State systems of the Mediterranean, and another the vast — and largely stateless — expanses in the Sahara. In between are numerous pockets of rugged mountains where effective State control was only intermittently felt. These juxtapositions have been a powerful force throughout North African history.

In the colonial period, North Africa offered striking comparisons between two distinct models of the relationship between State and Society, the Islamic and French (along with derivative Spanish and Italian models). And in the post-colonial period, North Africa offers important insights on the impact of burgeoning revenues from oil, gas and phosphate exports, controlled by the central State, upon communities, many with a long experience of resistance to State control.

This theme, then, should invite a wide range of papers from a good many different disciplines on such topics as:

1. The history of State building movements — Almoravides, Almohads, Fatimids, etc.

2. Problems in the relationship between State and Society in the pre-colonial period as illustrated by:

a)  problems of military organisation and recruitment;
b)  taxation;
c)  legal policy;
d)  the State’s role in urban society and economy;
e)  religious policy; relations between State and religious leaders;
f)  non-State local institutions for maintenance of order.

3. Changes in State-Society relationships introduced by indigenous reformists and colonial administrations, particularly in: — law, medicine, local administration, education.

4. The role of the national State: — social services, family affairs, urban planning, agrarian reform and rural development, labour emigration/immigration, the role and rights of women, intellectual and cultural affairs.
We hope to include up to 4 presentations each lasting 15 minutes.

Proposal submission and Abstracts: The deadline for the submission of proposals and abstracts, which should be no more than 150 words, is 8 March 2018.
All applicants will be told whether or not their proposal has been accepted by 20 April 2018.

Abstracts can be submitted by email in Word format. Submissions should be emailed to

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NOTE:

(1)  Priority will be given to paid-up Members of The Maghreb Studies Association;
(2)  If your proposal is selected, The Maghreb Studies Association will re-imburse €80.00 (covering part

of your conference registration cost) – this will be given to you at the conference.
(3)  It is our intention to arrange a dinner for our speakers along with other invited guests from the

WOCMES conference.
Proceedings of the conference: The organisers intend to publish the papers presented on our panels at this conference in The Maghreb Review, so strong preference will be given to authors/speakers who will subsequently be prepared to submit their papers by 30 September 2018.

Language: The conference will be in English or French


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THE MAGHREB STUDIES ASSOCIATION PANEL ON

THEME: COLONIAL HERITAGE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE MAGHREB: THE SHAPING OF HOPES AND PERSPECTIVES

The aim of this conference is to examine how European colonialism and great power rivalry in the Middle East and North Africa have shaped the perspectives of the peoples in these countries and their hopes for their future. Besides the European powers that established their colonial hegemony in these countries, the conference will also deal with the influence of countries, such as the United States of America and Germany, which extended their influence through diplomacy, financial and military aid, and education.

The chronological framework of the conference extends from the mid-eighteenth century, when the political leaders of the countries of the Middle East and North Africa became aware of the Europeans’ economic and military ascendency, through the building of European colonial empires in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, to the collapse at first of the western European colonial empires towards the middle of the twentieth century and then of the Soviet ‘empire’ late in this century.

This theme, then, should invite original papers dealing with various aspects of the question of how colonial rule, and its demise, has shaped the perceptions of one another held by the colonial powers and the colonised peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. They should also deal, besides the influence the colonial structures had on the political systems that emerged in these countries, with debates and conflicts that came to the fore in them in the post-colonial period. Special significance should be given to the means by which Muslims affirmed in this period their attachment to Islamic norms and pride in Islamic civilisation, and the challenge they posed to the creation of western systems of government in their counties. Related to this issue is the Westerners’ fear that the presence of growing numbers of Muslims in their countries would lead to the intrusion of Islamic political and family norms in their societies. An equally significant issue that should be dealt with is the prospect of the replacement of the authoritarian regimes that emerged in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa in the post-colonial period by truly democratic systems of government that promote the rule of law, freedom of discussion and the emergence of civil societies.

We hope to include up to 4 presentations each lasting 15 minutes.

Proposal submission and Abstracts: The deadline for the submission of proposals and abstracts, which should be no more than 150 words, is 8 March 2018.
All applicants will be told whether or not their proposal has been accepted by 20 April 2018.

Abstracts can be submitted by email in Word format. Submissions should be emailed to

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NOTE:

(1)  Priority will be given to paid-up Members of The Maghreb Studies Association;
(2)  If your proposal is selected, The Maghreb Studies Association will re-imburse €80.00 (covering part

of your conference registration cost) – this will be given to you at the conference.
(3)  It is our intention to arrange a dinner for our speakers along with other invited guests from the

WOCMES conference.
Proceedings of the conference: The organisers intend to publish the papers presented on our panels at this conference in The Maghreb Review, so strong preference will be given to authors/speakers who will subsequently be prepared to submit their papers by 30 September 2018.

Language: The conference will be in English or French


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EWIC WOCMES July 16-20, 2018 Seville, Spain SUBMIT BY DEC 9, 2017

Sarah Gualtieri - Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, History and Middle East Studies. University of Southern California
Zeina Zaatari: Research Director, Political Research Associates.
Suad Joseph: Distinguished Research Professor, Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, University of California, Davis
Annelies Moors: Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Amsterdam
Elora Shehabuddin Associate Professor, Humanities and Political Science, Rice University.
Lawrence Pintak: Founding Dean and Professor, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Washington State University. Chief Executive Office, NWPR/TV
European journalists (Work with WOCMES Executive Committee on representation)


ROUNDTABLE Representing Muslim Women: Muslim Women and the Media

The past several years have witnessed a massive escalation of Islamophobia in the United States and Europe, with Muslim women often the target of both physical and verbal attacks. No doubt some of this escalation has been related to violence described as terrorist attacks attributed to Muslim groups or individuals: the January 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris; the November 13, 2015 football stadium, theatre, and café attacks in Paris; the December 2, 2015 Inland Regional Center attack in San Bernardino, California; the March 22, 2016 bombings in the Brussels, Belgium airport and metro; the July 14, 2016 truck driver attack in Nice, France; the July 22, 2016 attacks in a shopping mall in Munich; the November 28, 2016 Ohio State University car ramming; and the December 19, 2016 Berlin, Germany, truck ramming -- for example. However, no small measure of this escalated Islamophobia, as will be discussed in the roundtable, can be attributed to the heightened hate-speech directed towards Muslims in recent political elections in the United States and Europe.
The roundtable addresses the problematic representation of Muslim women in USA and European print news media and other media platforms. We bring together leading scholars of women and Islamic cultures and key journalists and media practitioners into an open engaged conversation on transforming representation. The media is often the most powerful vehicle of Islamophobia. Journalists who write misrepresentative or misinformed articles and convey the often distorted images can become the propagators of discriminatory discourse directed at Muslims (often elided with Arabs and South Asians). Disproportionally, Islamophobic discourse and representation – as well as Islamophobic hate crimes -- have targeted Muslim women. This Roundtable emerges from a project which brings together leading experts on women and Islamic cultures (editors of the highly respected Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures) and leading journalists and faculty from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East to train young journalism and communications graduate students in the diverse and global histories and cultures of women and Islam. The goal of that project and this Roundtable is to shift the reporting, representations, and public discourses related to Islamic cultures and Muslim women. The project team is committed to the principle that knowledge is power; to the recognition that the media are powerful molders of public opinion; and to the deep belief that evidence/facts/truth, when presented by respected public agents, can generate healthy public debates and constructively transform public discourses. The Roundtable creates a space for scholars and media professionals to engage in such a conversation.

If you are interested in participating: please contact: Suad Joseph, Distinguished Research Professor
University of California, Davis. http://sjoseph.ucdavis.edu. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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“New lives in new worlds – Refugees from the MENA region in their new environments”

Interdisciplinary Panel for Refugee Research

Call for papers for a panel proposal at the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) 2018, 16-22 July 2018, Sevilla (Spain)

Organiser: Katharina Kilian-Yasin, Pforzheim University (Germany)

Chair / Discussant: tba

The MENA region is the place of origin for a large number of refugees worldwide. Wherever and under whichever circumstances refugees arrive in their new environments, their lives are changed and they have to cope with new situations. Reciprocally, the arrival of refugees may also lead to changes in those environments.

The papers for this proposed panel shall investigate the transformations and changes that individuals, groups, and societies undergo in this situation of forced migration, shedding light on the implications of the specific situation of refugees from the MENA region, on coping strategies, challenges, problems and future perspectives.

The proposed panel aims at bringing together research from diverse disciplines, thereby encouraging an interdisciplinary discussion about the situation and context of refugees from the MENA region.

We welcome papers that address socio-cultural, psychological, legal, political, educational etc. issues in the field of refugees from the MENA region with diverse methodological approaches, no matter whether a research focus on a micro-, meso- or macro‑level of analysis is chosen.

Depending on the quality and number of submitted abstracts, one or more panel proposals (with minimum 4 contributions of 15 minutes` length each) will be submitted to the conference organizers.

Time schedule for submission
Deadline for abstract submission 30th October 2017
Acceptance / refusal notice 20th November
WOCMES conference registration By 30th November 2017*
Official submission of proposed panel Before 09th December 2017


*In case of acceptance of a paper to the panel proposal, the author(s) of the accepted papers must register with the conference organizers at http://wocmes2018seville.org/web/index.php/en/registration (and reconfirm this to the panel organizers) by the end of November 2017. The panel proposal with all individual abstracts can only be officially submitted if all panel participants are registered.

Please hand in your paper proposal in the form of a 300-400 word abstract with an appropriate title.

Proposals should be in English.

Please send your proposal via email simultaneously to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until 30th November 2017.

Further information about WOCMES is available at:

http://wocmes2018seville.org/web/index.php/en/


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The Intersection of Equine Culture and History in Europe Middle East and North Africa

Organizers: Gwyneth Talley (UCLA Anthropology) and Kathryn Renton (UCLA History)

The proposed panel invites papers addressing the intersecting points of horses and horse culture the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with their European counterparts, through history and anthropology. Horses were invaluable in warfare, hunting, and diplomacy. Their breeding, training, and trappings generated legends about horse culture in the Mediterranean still influential to this day. While horses are no longer used in the same ways today as they were from the Middle Ages through the Early Modern period, people all over the MENA and Iberian regions continue to use and celebrate their horse cultures. Spain maintains a mounted police horse division, celebrates the horse through festivals in Jerez de la Frontera and Seville, and continues to use horses in mounted bullfighting. In Morocco, the Salon du Cheval is beginning to garner world renown as an exhibit of traditional Moroccan horsemanship (tbourida or fantasia). Horse racing, while slightly diminished due to political turmoil, continues in every country from Morocco to Lebanon. Princess Haya of Jordan, the former president of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), strongly encouraged the expansion of the FEI, and brought in $150mil of commercial revenue to the federation, which oversees international horse events. Aside from the Arab contribution to equestrian sports, the five-year EU ban on exportation of horses from Egypt has greatly diminished the opportunities for horse breeders in the country, stifling the horse economy. In Jerusalem, horse shows have become a non-political way of sharing a love of horses in the conflict-riddled region. 

The horse in this region pervades almost every aspect of culture and history, but this panel asks: how did the contact between Arab and European cultures affect each other in terms of horse breeds, riding styles, equipment, and general knowledge. This panel will examine this interchange of equestrian cultures past and present. Papers focusing on single countries, regions or comparative studies examining multiple locales or countries are welcome, as are papers from any single or combined disciplinary perspectives. 

Authors are asked to submit a paper title, abstract (no more than 300 words), their professional or institutional affiliation, and contact information. Academic, non-academic, or other professional authors are invited to apply. In cases of co-authored works, only one submission (including the same information for each author) should be made. Papers will be accepted in English only. The deadline for abstract submissions is midnight 5 November 2017. You will be informed of the result by 10 November 2017.

If the proposal is accepted, you will be required to register with WOCMES by 15 November, 2017, although acceptance of the panel by WOCMES is not assured. Please consult the WOCMES website http://wocmes2018seville.org/web/index.php/en/ for further information about conference and registration procedures.

We look forward to receiving your proposal, which you should send to BOTH This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please include WOCMES in the email title.

The organizers intend to publish the papers in a collective book, so strong preference will be given to authors/speakers who will subsequently be prepared to submit their papers by 30 September 2018.


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“New lives in new worlds – Refugees from the MENA region in their new environments”

Interdisciplinary Panel for Refugee Research

Call for papers for a panel proposal at the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) 2018, 16-22 July 2018, Sevilla (Spain)

Organiser: Katharina Kilian-Yasin, Pforzheim University (Germany)

Chair / Discussant: tba

The MENA region is the place of origin for a large number of refugees worldwide. Wherever and under whichever circumstances refugees arrive in their new environments, their lives are changed and they have to cope with new situations. Reciprocally, the arrival of refugees may also lead to changes in those environments.

The papers for this proposed panel shall investigate the transformations and changes that individuals, groups, and societies undergo in this situation of forced migration, shedding light on the implications of the specific situation of refugees from the MENA region, on coping strategies, challenges, problems and future perspectives.

The proposed panel aims at bringing together research from diverse disciplines, thereby encouraging an interdisciplinary discussion about the situation and context of refugees from the MENA region.

We welcome papers that address socio-cultural, psychological, legal, political, educational etc. issues in the field of refugees from the MENA region with diverse methodological approaches, no matter whether a research focus on a micro-, meso- or macro‑level of analysis is chosen.

Depending on the quality and number of submitted abstracts, one or more panel proposals (with minimum 4 contributions of 15 minutes` length each) will be submitted to the conference organizers.

Time schedule for submission

Deadline for abstract submission 30th October 2017
Acceptance / refusal notice 20th November
WOCMES conference registration By 30th November 2017*
Official submission of proposed panel Before 09th December 2017

*In case of acceptance of a paper to the panel proposal, the author(s) of the accepted papers must register with the conference organizers at http://wocmes2018seville.org/web/index.php/en/registration (and reconfirm this to the panel organizers) by the end of November 2017. The panel proposal with all individual abstracts can only be officially submitted if all panel participants are registered.

Please hand in your paper proposal in the form of a 300-400 word abstract with an appropriate title.

Proposals should be in English.

Please send your proposal via email simultaneously to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until 30th November 2017.

Further information about WOCMES is available at:

http://wocmes2018seville.org/web/index.php/en/


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Open Panel for the Fifth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES-5)

Seville, Spain, 16-17 July 2018

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Panel Title:

Amazigh Cinema at Large: Challenges and Hopes

Panel Organizer:

Habiba Boumlik, Associate Professor, City University of New York, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Panel Members:

Habiba Boumlik, Associate Professor, City University of New York, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lucy McNair, Associate Professor, City University of New York, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yahya Laayouni, Associate Professor, Bloomsburg University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Soubeika Bahri, Ph.D Candidate, CUNY Graduate Center, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Proposal

Amazigh/Berber identity is made of a diverse cultural and linguistic heritage covering area from the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean to Siwa Oasis in Egypt, and encompassing sub-Saharan Africa and the vast European and American diasporas. Transnational in nature, yet profoundly marked by local and national boundaries, languages, and histories, Amazigh narratives in film present a compelling, contemporary approach to the human condition that the poet Nabil Fares deftly describes as “the universal –or the local without the walls.”

This panel seeks to engage a discussion of cultural production across the Amazigh space and encourage a diversity of perspectives and theoretical lenses. The aim of the panel is also to analyze Amazigh transnational identities as they are reflected in film, and to develop an overview of Amazigh cinema by identifying the elements that constitute an Amazigh film.

The panel seeks participants who wish to examine:

  • The essence of the Amazigh film
  • National and international Amazigh festivals
  • Formal and informal networks of distribution
  • Diasporic filmmakers and audiences
  • Promoting (trans)national cinema

The deadline for the submission of paper abstracts to the panel organizer: May 30, 2018
Habiba Boumlik, Associate Professor, City University of New York, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn, Germany, The Institute for Policy Research (IPR), University of Bath, UK, and the Economic Research Forum (ERF), Cairo, Egypt announce a joint call for papers for two Panels at the 5th World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES), Seville/ Spain, 16-20 July 2018.

Panel 1:

Title: Building prosperity through sound economic policies in MENA: Industrial Policy, Growth, Investment, Informality, and International Trade

Discipline: Economic policies

Panel Organiser Institutions:

  • German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn, Germany,
  • Economic Research Forum (ERF), Cairo, Egypt.

The Arab Spring left behind severe frustrations for the masses in the MENA region. Civil wars have since sparked in Libya, Syria, Yemen and Iraq. Egypt is moving away from the goal of a market economy. The fall in oil prices has caused a sharp drop in the Gulf countries’ current and future wealth. Economic reforms in Jordan, Algeria, and Morocco are stalling creating challenges for both sets of countries. Iran and Turkey face economic challenges of their own. Even Tunisia struggles in its transition to democracy and its transformation into a dynamic economy.

What reforms can and should these countries adopt given the mounting pressure of a bulge of unemployed and frustrated youth. What are the features of an inclusive Industrial Policy that promotes growth in the region? How can the framework conditions be improved to ensure growth and productivity enhancing structural transformation that balances between jobless versus penniless growth? How is trade policy involved and how can the trend of labour transition into low-productivity informal sectors be curbed? What role can multilateral and bilateral donors play in the regions’ efforts to achieve for sound economic policies. What role can they play to boost investment and trade in the region?

Organisers:

  • Markus Loewe, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Amirah El-Haddad German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn, Germany; FEPS, Cairo University; and ERF, Cairo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please send your 500 word abstracts by November 25th to both organisers and your full papers by December 30th for a final decision. ERF will cover the cost of ERF Research Associates and Affiliates.

Panel 2:

Title: Social policies in MENA countries: Do they pursue social, economic or political goals?

Discipline: Economic and social development
Panel Organiser Institutions:

  • German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn
  • Institute for Policy Research (IPR), University of Bath, UK
  • Economic Research Forum (ERF), Cairo Egypt
  • The Middle East and North Africa Social Policy (MENA-SP) research network

The current interest in social protection in the MENA region sparks a wider debate about the nature of social contracts and social policies there. The aim of this panel is to interrogate the nature of these conceptual and policy linkages further because social policies play a key role in the development of every country by virtue of them having not only social but also economic and political functions. Their social function is to guarantee a minimum standard of living for everybody and thereby reduce multidimensional poverty and inequality. Their economic function is to prevent people from falling into poverty because of risks such as old age, illness or unemployment. As such, social protection systems also encourage people, even those with limited income, to invest their savings in better means of production or human capital instead of hording them in case a risk occurs. In this way, they promote pro-poor growth. And the political function of social protection is to alleviate peoples' concerns about the future, contributing to their general satisfaction and stabilising the political system.

Papers presented in the panel “Social policies in MENA countries: Do they pursue social, economic or political goals?” discuss to what degree the social policies of MENA countries fulfil their three functions: How effective are they in fighting multidimensional poverty and inequality? How well do they protect vulnerable people and help them to engage more in economic activities? How do they do in strengthening social inclusion and social cohesion? Are they well-tailored to the needs of people? Or do they mainly serve the political interests of those who have set them up: authoritarian governments, religious NGOs, international donors? Papers exploring contemporary or past policies are welcome as well as both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. We also encourage think pieces, which can offer new ideas about the potential way forward for research in this field.

Organisers:

  • Rana Jawad, Institute for Policy Research (IPR), University of Bath, UK, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Markus Loewe, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn, Germany, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please send your 500 word abstracts by November 25th to both organisers and your full papers by December 30th for a final decision. ERF will cover the cost of ERF Research Associates and Affiliates.

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